François Bonvin

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François Bonvin
1817-1887
Breton Woman Spinning
1861
Charcoal, with white chalk, on paper.
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (286 x 210 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Hamilton Robinson, Jr., and of Sally and Howard Lepow.
2000.6
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A realist who found inspiration in seventeenth-century genre paintings of humble subjects and interiors, Bonvinʼs charcoal drawing captures the quiet monotony of spinning wool. He carefully observed the details of local Breton dress and the intricacies of the spinning wheel, creating a portrait of an unknown working woman.

Provenance: 
Laurent Laperlier; his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 11-13 April 1867, no. 138; Victor Boulanger; his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 19 February 1880, no. 10 (?); Petiet; Flavia Ormond Fine Arts Limited, London.
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Laperlier, Laurent, former owner.
Boulanger, Victor, former owner.
Robinson, Hamilton, donor.
Lepow, Howard, donor.
Lepow, Sally, donor.

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